Born in 1997 in Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rafiki Fariala popularly known by the stage name “Rafiki RH2O”, is primarily a slam singer based in the Republic of Central Africa, where he has many fans.
In autumn 2017, he was selected to participate in the Varan documentary filmmaking workshop in Bangui. Through this, he succeeded in directing his very first film Mbi na Mo – You and Me, which was screened in many festivals, including the FIPADOC in Biarritz.
In 2022, Rafiki Fariala directed his first feature documentary film Nous, étudiants ! which won an award at the Cinéma du réel (Prix des Bibliothèques 2022) and was screened at numerous festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), where the film made history as the first Central African film to be screened there. The film is also awarded with the Silver Stallion for Documentary at the 2023 FESPACO, the Pan-African Film and Television Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.